In Brief

The Brazilian Ministry of Health is encouraging attendees to monitor their condition during the games

The Secretary of Health Surveillance from the Ministry of Health in Brazil is launching a health app called Guardioes da Saude (Guardians of Health), which gives Brazilians and nearly 500,000 attendees of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games the chance to self-monitor and report symptoms of known epidemics in the country such as dengue, Zika and chikungunya.

The crowdsourced surveillance app—based on a similar app launched during the FIFA World Cup 2014—will encourage users to indicate their health conditions daily and collect information about the risk of disease transmission, giving authorities the chance to anticipate the potential advance of diseases. Combined with other efforts during the event, this information will accelerate effective action to combat epidemics before, during and after the Olympics. The app will also offer other services through geolocation, including nearby drugstores and Ready Units Health Services (UPAs), and access to about care and prevention information.

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